EU warms to Serbia after Kosovo deal

Ivica Dacic, the Serbian Prime Minister, presides over a session of the Serbian government, which on Monday approved an agreement to normalise relations with breakaway Kosovo that could end years of tensions and put the Balkan rivals on a path to EU membership. Photo: AP

The European Commission on Monday recommended opening negotiations on Serbia’s entry into the EU after Belgrade struck a deal to normalise ties with breakaway Kosovo, aiming to turn the page on the last simmering troublespot in the Balkans.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 3:14am

Briefs, January 14, 2013

Mallory Hytes Hagan is crowned Miss America. Photo: AP

Seven Afghan civilians killed in blast after raid

14 Jan 2013 - 6:08am

Clinton says Kosovo independence ‘not up for discussion’

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a press conference Wednesday in Croatia. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said that Kosovo’s unilaterally declared independence, fiercely opposed by Serbia, was not debatable and urged their leaders to show “courage”.

1 Nov 2012 - 9:25am

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks out. Photo: AFP

Taliban candidates 'can stand for president'

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Clinton to push Kosovo to step up EU, Nato integration

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is welcomed by Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga (right) on Tuesday. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold talks with Kosovo leaders on Wednesday to urge them to step up its efforts for EU and Nato integration in order to secure peace in the volatile Balkans region which she is touring.

Clinton was welcomed at Pristina airport on Tuesday by Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, ahead of the formal talks beginning early on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Arta Dobroshi

To gauge Kosovan actor Arta Dobroshi's standing in her homeland, one need look no further than a recent skit on one of Kosovo's most popular television programmes. The piece revolves around a screenwriter's despair after failing to convince anyone to finance his film about a screenwriter trying to make a film with Dobroshi.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Serbia to ask UN for help on status of Kosovo

Serbia will ask the UN General Assembly for help in getting a judicial opinion on the status of Kosovo from the International Court of Justice in The Hague, its foreign minister, Vuk Jeremic, says.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Serbia says Kosovo split sets separatists a bad example

The declaration of independence in Kosovo has set a dangerous precedent that could encourage separatist movements in other parts of the world, says Serbia's foreign minister, Vuk Jeremic, who is in Asia seeking support to bring the Albanian-dominated region back into the fold.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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Your primer to an issue in the news


Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on Sunday.


Kosovo is part of the former Yugoslavia in Eastern Europe. Its location means it has long been home to people of different religions and ethnic backgrounds, and therefore the setting for controversy.


20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing 'worried' over Kosovo

Beijing expressed 'deep concern' yesterday over Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence and poured scorn on Taipei's desire to recognise Kosovo's new status.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Nothing joyous in Kosovan situation

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority is celebrating independence from Serbia, but for those in the world who respect the rules by which governments should play, the decision is not joyous. Under international law the move is, after all, illegal.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Macedonia's fate in balance

Developments in Macedonia are ominous. As each day goes by, signs that a major new Balkans conflict is in the making are clearer. If the fighting does spiral out of control, no one involved will be able to say that war came as a surprise: the pattern of escalating violence is a virtual repeat of events in Kosovo.

18 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Grab IT opportunities, students told

Homantin Government Secondary School held its annual speech day and prize-giving recently.

Eddie Ng of Chase JF presented the prizes.

Mr Ng said the information technology revolution had opened up vast possibilities to students. 'You have a choice - to manage it or be managed. You need many skills to cope with future challenges,' he said.

5 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Peace prospects

Just months ago, Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic was besieged in Belgrade by massive throngs of people demanding his removal. Today he remains in power, apparently unassailable, and using all his old tactics of divide and rule to bring the country to a state of anarchy.

25 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Moderate Albanians fear their own kind

The middle-aged Albanian was lying on the pavement outside the bank he ran in the main street, bleeding heavily from gunshot wounds.

From their headquarters little more than 100 metres away, American peacekeepers raced to help. He was taken by helicopter to a military hospital, but died on the way.

15 Feb 2000 - 12:00am